I climbed Mt Singai, the spiritual home of the Singai Bidayuh in Borneo. I had climbed it twice before, some years previously, but, this time the 1007 steps were almost too much for me and, at one point, I felt I might have to give up. However, my two seminarian companions urged me to stop and rest awhile and then together we finished the rest of the climb and reached the top. We were not alone in climbing the Singai – there were up to a thousand people altogether climbing with us – for we were climbing to remember and celebrate the 130th anniversary of the first Mill Hill Father to climb the mountain and begin the long process of bringing the Gospel to the Bidayuh, who lived there. As the Society Representative of Mill Hill in Malaysia, I was expected to take part, and so, drenched with sweat and out of breath as I was when I arrived, I was given a great welcome and was pleased to be there with them all at the place where the Gospel was first preached in that region.
For the Catholic diocese of Sibu in Sarawak, Malaysia, pilgrimage is the dominant theme for the celebration of The Jubilee Year of Mercy. The 'Road to Mercy' pilgrimage was launched on 8th December 2015 some hours even before - taking into account the time zone - Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at St Peter's in Rome! Starting at St Teresa's cathedral in Sibu a pilgrimage cross and icon of mercy will travel to the 12 parishes of the diocese and stay a month in each. During that month each parish in turn will become the central focus of the Road of Mercy, and prayer and activities will centre around the theme of mercy.
South Sudanese president, Salva Kiir, has apologized to the people of the world’s youngest nation for dragging them into 21 months of war which erupted on 15 December 2013.
We've moved our supplementary feeding project to our new centre - it's in a brand-new house. Judith and the gang are all involved but it's now better than ever. Children being treated are the more severe cases and will have a greater length to the feeding day - with a higher calorific intake. ... and we're open seven days a week. Check out our new centre in this video!
Brother Hubert Neumair from the South Tyrol was born in 1939 and joined the Mill Hill Missionaries when he was 17 years old. After some years of training in Oosterbeek and a few years helping to build the convent in Mill Hill, he took his Perpetual Oath in 1964. His hopes of going straight to “the Missions” were dashed and he was appointed to South Tyrol where he spent the best part of 25 years engaged in promotion of Mission mainly through the magazine. Finally he was appointed to Kenya where he worked a few years in Western Kenya. From there he came to Kagoma in the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda, where he worked alongside the late Fr.Louis Helfer. The next stop was the Mill Hill Hill House in Nairobi which he run for seven years. From there he came to Kampala to take charge of the Mill Hill house there. He also spent about seven years in this position, and has now retired to the South Tyrol.
Directory of the Mill Hill Missionaries and Corrections
The poor were foremost on Pope Francis' mind during the festive season.
By constitutional definition, all Malays are Muslim. Discrimination in their favor over the country’s other main ethnic groups — the Chinese and Indians — has boosted their numbers from 50 percent in the1960s to 70 percent now, census data shows.
On New Years Day a refurbished hall and beautiful sculptural renderings of the Annunciation and Pietà were blessed and inaugurated by Fr Michael Sia, the parish priest of St Anthony's, Bintulu in grateful recognition of the work of the Mill Hill missionaries locally in Bintulu and the diocese of Miri in general. Several Mill Hill missionaries from Africa and Europe, including the local superior, Fr Terence Burke, were present at the occasion.